Ammonia wont go down at all it keeps climbing - Page 2

LawSkool

I am treating my fish using tetra lifeguard currently. The ammonia wont go down and wouldn't go down before treatment. It is driving me nuts. I have lost 1 molly and 2 platies. Currently 3 more mollies and 2 platies are sick and stressed out. I have a bubble bar as well as a filter. I added stress coat to help yesterday. I am at a loss of what else to do. How can I get the ammonia down. I feel like I have caused all of the issues in my water by trying to get the ammonia down. When I cycled the tank I used quick start. The employee told me it would allow me to add my fish immediately. My fish got over ick about 2 weeks ago using higher temp and aquarium salt. (I think the illnesses came from the pet store as overnight one platy lost half of her scales and died)

Template answers
I have a 55 gallon and I have 1 pleco, 1 snail, 6 mollies (1 looks pregnant), and 9 guppies in it.
I did a water change two days ago. (I always do between a 25 and 50 percent water change)
I have 3 heaters in it and the temp is at 80 Fahrenheit
I have a filter for a 75 gallon that I use in my 55 gallon
I dont have a schedule for water changes as my ammonia wont go down so I do it every-time it is to high.
I vacuum the gravel during cleanings
I use API and kordon to condition water (Kordon is to help with ammonia because it wont go down)
I test the water with freshwater master kit
Parameters- photo is what I have been using to determine if my water is fine
Ammonia: .50 (Need to do water change but worried I will kill my fish with the treatment and changing of water)
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7.4
 

Attachments

  • 94257676_10157139787012919_3404290142230282240_n.jpg
    94257676_10157139787012919_3404290142230282240_n.jpg
    78.2 KB · Views: 48

AquariumX

Tetra Lifeguard will kill whatever cycle you had. When using Lifeguard, I found its best to take out the bio material and put it in another tank. When the treatment is over, do a 50% water change, run charcoal in the filter to remove the medicine, then put back the bio.

Your only hope at this point is to keep doing frequent water changes and dosing Prime to keep your fish alive. Eventually the cycle will reestablish itself.
 

LawSkool

They can sometimes be inactive for days at a time. Snails have odd sleeping habits.
Thank you for letting me know. After everything that has gone on I have not had anymore dead fish or anything but my guy with swim bladder wont eat at all and still wont poop.
 

neverenoughgallons

How is adding two things to my tank water bad?
its not bad but there are better ways. water changes
 

LawSkool

I need to lower my pH will a water change help that or do I need to add the pH decreaser I plan to do a small water change to help with ammonia too.
 

Attachments

  • 117924709_2834857556800453_6319489173078192669_n.jpg
    117924709_2834857556800453_6319489173078192669_n.jpg
    25.1 KB · Views: 36
  • 118529652_933968313765719_6325433257546935972_n.jpg
    118529652_933968313765719_6325433257546935972_n.jpg
    24.1 KB · Views: 38
  • 118323803_591292251538245_1862832143004768658_n.jpg
    118323803_591292251538245_1862832143004768658_n.jpg
    37.7 KB · Views: 36
  • 118544206_313989409837239_795886632912542583_n.jpg
    118544206_313989409837239_795886632912542583_n.jpg
    26.1 KB · Views: 35

mattgirl

I need to lower my pH will a water change help that or do I need to add the pH decreaser I plan to do a small water change to help with ammonia too.
You really don't need to lower your pH. It is much better for your fish to just go with the pH from your source water instead of chasing a specific number. What is the pH straight out of the tap? If it is lower than what you are seeing in the tank you may want to set some tap water out and run the pH test on it 24 hours later. You may find that as it gasses off it will either be higher or lower than it is straight out of the tap.

Please don't start adding things to change it.
 

Rockymountainstream

She got really mad and I still don't understand why. The ammonia was at 1 and I believe it burned my fish a bit so I did a 50%. I feel like I am lost in this whole process and I love these fish.
You are among friend here as well. However the people here have over a 1000 years of combined experience. Thay help me when I was going through the same thing.
 

LawSkool

You really don't need to lower your pH. It is much better for your fish to just go with the pH from your source water instead of chasing a specific number. What is the pH straight out of the tap? If it is lower than what you are seeing in the tank you may want to set some tap water out and run the pH test on it 24 hours later. You may find that as it gasses off it will either be higher or lower than it is straight out of the tap.

Please don't start adding things to change it.

Out of the tap it is a 7.4

You are among friend here as well. However the people here have over a 1000 years of combined experience. Thay help me when I was going through the same thing.

Thank you
 

Fishcat

I don’t know what the colors look like in person, but on my screen it looks like you have a little nitrite and nitrate, and that would mean you’re on your way to cycling.
 

mattgirl

Out of the tap it is a 7.4

Thank you
Is it still 7.4 if you let it sit in a container for 24 hours? If it is then I have to think something in your tank is causing it to rise. If that is the case we need to look into what you have in there that could be causing it. Some substrates and various rocks can cause it.
 

LawSkool

Is it still 7.4 if you let it sit in a container for 24 hours? If it is then I have to think something in your tank is causing it to rise. If that is the case we need to look into what you have in there that could be causing it. Some substrates and various rocks can cause it.

I will have to let it sit and test it tomorrow
 

Latest Aquarium Threads

Top Bottom